Orchestra teacher named 2018-2019 Outstanding Alumni Music Educator

Anna Radspinner has been named Penn State School of Music’s 2018-2019 Outstanding Alumni Music Educator.

Radspinner, an orchestra teacher at Curtin Intermediate School, was recognized during Penn State’s reception at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference in Pittsburgh.

“Having grown up in the WASD, I realized that our school district had a tremendous general music program. I believe that because of my solid foundation, I was able to thrive in this area of study at PSU where others could not find the excitement, joy and necessity of having a strong general music curriculum,” Radspinner said.

Radspinner has taught elementary music and directed choirs across the district at all levels for 17 years.

She’s given presentations at PMEA’s annual conferences and at the American String Teacher Association (ASTA) National Conference. She’s received a PMEA Citation of Excellence and was named a 2018 String Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania and Delaware chapters of ASTA.

When it comes to teaching, Radspinner believes when a child experiences a meaningful and relevant music education throughout grade school, they’ll become good listeners, better problem-solvers, strong communicators, effective leaders, be innovative, be collaborators, as well as be empathetic, expressive and creative.

“The fact of the matter is that employers are looking for these essential skills in their stack of applications,” she said. “I don’t teach music to make music teachers. I teach music to make better people.”